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November revealed as the worst month for road accidents

08/11/2012

Research has shown that November is the most dangerous month for drivers in the UK, with accidents rising by an average of 1,168 incidents.

The study, which was carried out by Halfords and used official Department for Transport figures, found there are typically 14,908 accidents throughout the month of November.

The company cited the extended periods of darkness that British drivers and car insurance policy holders have to face during this winter month as one of the main catalysts behind the spike in accidents.

Paul McClenaghan, commercial director of Halfords, told the Press Association, "It's evident that most people are rightly concerned by the onset of darker nights, yet the majority fail to take sufficient pre-emptive action.

"Whether that is through a lack of technical knowledge, confidence or time, it is an avoidable problem. Halfords operates a WeFit service - where trained technicians fit essential parts like bulbs, wiper blades and batteries in order to help keep cars and drivers safe."

The 19th November was found to be the most dangerous day of the year, with an average of 532 accidents reported.

Poor preparation for November is also a key factor behind the rise in incidents, with the study finding that one in four drivers were unwilling to change their driving style despite the earlier darkness. 20 per cent of motorists also failed to carry out safety checks or change parts on their vehicle in the lead up to November.

The research also found a lack of preparation by drivers was exacerbated by the fact 30 per cent of those questioned admitted to being confused by the modern technology in their cars. Many also admitted to not having the time to carry out maintenance on their vehicle during November.

 

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